Module D: Treatments and Interventions

CE Credits: 1.25

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Because the best approach to wound care is to avoid them in the first place, this module examines the best practices for preventing serious wounds. It begins by detailing pressure ulcer risk screening (PURS), as well as the risk factors for both diabetic ulcers and venous stasis ulcers (the latter a complication of peripheral artery disease, or PAD). Then, the module details the risks and protocols for preventing surgical site infections (SSIs), including pre-operative and post-operative procedures. Finally, it looks at the options for pain management related to wounds, since untreated pain can impede healing.

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Learning objectives: After completing this module case managers will be able to:
» Discuss prevention and treatment strategies for specific types of chronic wounds
» Describe prevention and treatment strategies for surgical site infections (SSIs)
» Discuss pain management in wound care

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Advance your professional practice: Case managers have a unique vantage point, acting as liaisons between the patient and other healthcare professionals. Understanding the various risk factors, especially for chronic wounds and surgical site infections, empowers case managers to intervene in the presence of risk factors that could otherwise lead to serious wounds.

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Improve organizational performance: Many of the most serious wounds—including stage III and IV pressure ulcers and surgical site infections (SSIs)—are hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) that result in high morbidity and mortality rates, and cost hospitals in time, resources and unreimbursed expenses. Sharpening our knowledge in how to prevent such wounds will lead to better outcomes for patients and reduced costs for healthcare organizations.